Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weekend Autograph Opportunities: Tommy Davis, Jay Johnstone & Julio César Chávez

Here are this weekends autograph opportunities and events throughout the Southland. As always, be sure to check the Blue Heaven Calendar for other events (a link can always be found on the tab at the top of this page, just left of center), and always confirm with the establishment. Everything is subject to change.  Please email me with any tips about upcoming events in Southern California.  As the rest of the week progresses I'll update this post with other events (if there are any) as I become aware of them.  Also, I don't always list every event below, so be sure to check my Calendar.  I always try to favor free signing events over paying events.  Click on any pic to embiggen.

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Blog Kiosk: 6/28/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


After recently being sent to the bullpen, Kenta Maeda was masterful in his spot start last night. He went seven strong innings, yielded just four hits, recorded six strike outs and gave up zero walks for his sixth victory of the season. Per Ken Gurnick and Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"The last few outings, he's been aggressive and filling the strike zone," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Maeda. "With his mix, putting hitters on the defensive, there just weren't many good swings they got off him." 
Maeda is responding positively to the pressure that comes with being on the Dodgers pitching staff. Per Rowan Kavner at Dodger Insider:
“There’s a sense of urgency overall,” Maeda said through an interpreter. “I didn’t start the year on a good note. Regardless if I’m in the bullpen or starting, there’s a sense of urgency I feel to produce results.”
Photo above via SportsNet LA on twitter. Go here to check out pics by Dodger photographers Jon SooHoo and Juan Ocampo from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1907 then Yankees catcher Branch Rickey (who would be known for signing Jackie Robinson decades later) saw twelve Senator runners steal a base on him. In 1969 the Dodgers and Don Drysdale shut down the Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium by the lopsided score of 19-0. They break a LA Dodgers all-time record for runs scored in a game. In 2008 the Dodgers were no-hit by the Angels (Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo), but still won the game, 1-0. The lone run was scored in the fifth inning when a couple of errors and a sacrifice fly by Blake DeWitt scores the eventual winning run.
  • Happy Birthday, Fred MillerAl DowningJose Flores!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Topps Museum Collection - Archival Autograph and Canvas Collection Cards

Now that you've seen the base cards here are a handful of the Dodgers inserts available in packs of Topps 2017 Museum Baseball. Below are the Canvas Collection Reprints and Archival Autograph cards. Go here to check out all of my past post on this set.

I should note that the original art used to create the Canvas Collection Reprints directly below are also available in packs. So far, I've only seen one of the Dodgers original art cards on eBay. Check that out here. It is the Kershaw #CCR-CK card and has an opening bid of $999.99.

Canvas Collection Reprints

#CCR-CK Kershaw            #CCR-CKE Kershaw


#CCR-CKR Kershaw                #CCR-CS Seager

Blog Kiosk: 6/27/2017 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends


I guess we can't expect to win them all, but it would've been nice to take the first game of the Freeway Series against the Angels. Per Ken Gurnick and Kaelen Jones at MLB.com:
"That's the great thing about this game, that's why we play," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the flipped script. "Tip your hat to Nolasco, he threw a great baseball game. He's a veteran pitcher who had a really good night."
It figures that a former Dodger would break our ten-game winning streak.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2017. Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1939 the Dodgers and Boston Braves/Bees play a 23 inning game that ends in a 2-2 tie. In 1980 Jerry Reuss throws a no-hitter against the Giants at Cadelstick Park, 8-0. He faces just 28 batters, and missed a perfect game due to an error by Bill Russell in the first inning. In 2011 the Dodgers file for bankruptcy following the leagues refusal to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal with FoxSports.
  • Happy Birthday, Jackie HayesBull DurhamHank BehrmanWayne TerwilligerDaryl WardJim Johnson!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Welcome to the Dodgers, Mike Freeman!


Nearly a month after being picked up by the Dodgers on the waiver wire from Seattle, versatile infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman was recalled to Los Angeles to fill a void created when outfielder Franklin Gutierrez was placed on the 10-day disabled list with an episode of ankylosis spondylitis. Mike Freeman will wear #37 for the Dodgers.

As you know, he came into yesterdays game as a pinch-hitter for reliever Luis Avilan in the fourth inning, and subsequently grounded out to short during the eight pitch at-bat.

2017 Topps Now -- #291 -- Bellinger's 24 Homers Most Since 1933


Cody Bellinger is not human. He's some sort of bat-wielding cyborg with a swing a smooth as silk and strength that you only hear about when speaking of the gods. Cody is like a mythical beast we all wish for, but never expect to see. He's become a game-changer, and if not for his sudden emergence we would likely not be anywhere near the top of the standings like we are today.

As you know, Cody Bellinger walloped two more home runs yesterday afternoon to reach a league high 24, and for his efforts he was awarded his 11th 2017 Topps Now card of the season. The card celebrates the most home runs in the 1st half of the season by an rookie since 1933. Go here to check it out and order. BTW, Cody was also named the National League Player of the Week this morning. Per a Dodger press release: